A disturbed boy kills his father with his farm tractor and his arm is mangled in the process. He's taken to a mental hospital where he's outfitted with a hook to replace his lost hand and, years later, he's eventually released from the asylum. He returns home to find his mother has remarried, which sets him off on a murderous rampage.
May 20, 2017 Subject:
Two and a half stars
Strains credulity as our "hero" seems to have an inviso shield that allows him to escape even the slightest consequence of multiple violent crimes, many of which are committed in broad daylight. Another dumb screenplay gambit is to have him meet his leading lady by simply walking off a bus and walking a few yards down the street where she is waiting for him outside painting. Yeah, right.
The drive-in vibe is ever present which may be enough for you nostalgia seekers out there, but the film is almost unbearably dull and predictable (in today's parlance, "meh" is probably applicable).
Animal lovers, beware. A pretty gruesome (and unnecessary) dog butchering in this.
I agree not as bad as some others said it was.
The kid looked the psycho type the minute you see him, not bad acting though not from the top . league.
Violence etc quite disturbing really, his character must have been based on some serial killer of that time frame. Anyone got any idea who ??
Worth watching, there are a lot worse films out there.
June 18, 2012 Subject:
Come on guys,this Film is really not so bad as some of you7 write here.But I wanna know if this Version here is the Full Uncut Edition!I mean it was only 85 Minutes,in Original the Film is ca 90 Minutes long!But however,it's really okay!I can't understand why the Main Actor Fred Holberg never played in a Movie again!Do someone here know Details about this Guy?Okay,lets see what I could watch next...
February 21, 2011 Subject:
ride dat fast-forward control
Psycho boy kills daddy; gets hurt. Comes home, mama is remarried, so psycho boy kills them both and runs away. Psycho boy meets lots of people, whose sole contribution to the movie is to be killed by psycho boy. So he kills them, then kidnaps whore-with-heart-of-gold. And then does stuff to her.
Um, that's about it so far. Haven't made it to the ending yet, but my trusty FF control will have me there soon.
I found this movie dreadfully dull, especially since the villain was such a wimpy, impotent dweeb. It's just a bloody reworking of "Psycho" that didn't even have any camp appeal which can save a bad movie. The only clever or artistic shot in the whole film is the final wide-angle pull-away shot in the church.
August 23, 2009 Subject:
Bad Ronald on a Bum Trip
I feel like this film has been mis-categorized in the archive on the basis of its independent production --it's production values are so thoroughly exploitative psycho schlock it ranks for me right up there with the best of the boomlet of 'Bad Seed' drive-in features of the 70s. In all seriousness this film is one of a cache to be found here that the allow real insight into the amount of inanity which scriptwriters could be depended upon to dole out in place of medical treatment of psychological disorders.
This film could have simply turned out to be an early progenitor of Stephen King-type horror cliché; instead it commits to a remarkable (and no doubt career-destroying) portrayal of a psychotic boy subject to pronounced hallucinations and acting out of violent fantasy-based cruelty and punishment scenarios, all of which the viewer can see as well, albeit with a thoroughly titillating Freudian analysis, something which tragically can only be laboriously acted out by this hook handed "James at 15" reject to its inexorable cathectic conclusion...in a Catholic church (though he looked Protestant to me). The score is suitably far out and makes fabulously excessive use of the electro-stylus thingies and primitive pump organs that were extant.